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More than a hundred people are expected to join in the annual Big Sleep Out in Bristol tonight as part of Homelessness Awareness Week.
They'll be spending the night in the grounds of a church to raise funds and highlight the work being done by charities and organisations.
It's not just the money, it's understanding what people can do for organisations. That might be volunteering or just telling other people about them. It doesn't have to be "oh we want your money", it's "this is what we do - do you understand what we do and do you know how we can help people?"
Homelessness Awareness Week begins in Bristol today.
In the last year, 5,000 households in the city were made homeless or were threatened with homelessness.
Bristol City Council says the problem is largely due to private sector tenancies ending.
The week will culminate in a sponsored 'sleep out' in the city on Friday.
Emergency accommodation for rough sleepers will be provided over the next few nights as freezing temperatures hit North Devon.
North Devon Council and Torridge District Council will help to provide the service at the Freedom Centre in Barnstaple, which offers shelter to individuals if the temperature drops below zero for three consecutive nights.
The freezing cold temperatures mean that the emergency accommodation will be open for at least the next two nights. Of course, we will continue to monitor the weather daily and it may be that the service is extended, depending on how long the cold spell is with us.
A total of 41 people were sleeping rough in Bristol on the night of an official count last month. The figure is unchanged compared with the same time in 2013.
The number of people sleeping rough in Bristol has stayed the same over the last 12 months according to an annual count.
Weekly counts of rough sleepers are held across the city, and once a year an official count is commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
To alert authorities to someone sleeping rough in Bristol you can use Streetlink.
St Petrocs homeless shelter in Exeter is celebrating its 20th birthday this week.
Staff are expecting a 50% rise in people staying over Christmas.
Local businesses and volunteers have been donating turkeys and clothes to help with the rise in numbers.